brass tacks


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brass tacks

pl.n. Informal
Essential facts; basics: getting down to brass tacks.

brass tacks

pl n
informal basic realities; hard facts (esp in the phrase get down to brass tacks)

brass′ tacks′


n.pl.
the most fundamental considerations; essentials; realities.
[1895–1900]
Translations

brass tacks

npl to get down to brass tacks (fam) → venire al sodo
References in classic literature ?
will you get down to brass tacks and strike a trial balance?
Those who knew him or trafficked with him said that when it came to brass tacks he was Danny-on-the-Spot.
His gun is lavishly decorated with brass tacks and vermilion, and provided with a fringed cover, occasionally of buckskin, ornamented here and there with a feather.
R ESERVE Bank Governor Raghuram Rajan got down to brass tacks on Friday saying that the country would have to drop the `` jugaad'' way of working if it wants its industry to produce quality products and ensure sustainable economic growth.
As the leader in high performance spray-on bedliners, LINE-X takes testing its product very serious and gets down to brass tacks, educating truck owners how to get the most indestructible protection for their bed.
Like everyone else on my campus, I plotted greedily and deviously to get three minutes alone with him, at least to chat grinningly and maybe even to miraculously get down to brass tacks about how in heaven's name he and his friend Nelson Mandela managed to contain a savage civil war in which a million people might have been so easily massacred by citizens suddenly freed from a peculiar form of civil slavery after many years of being herded and beaten and cheated and raped and murdered by the grim slave masters.
Don't bother with your Chinese when it gets down to the brass tacks of the deal.
Currency, savings and pensions are the brass tacks of the independence debate.
Getting down to brass tacks, here's the tip to avoid clutter and confusion when you wade through the drizzling alleys of dessert land.
appeal: Stelios Kimpriktzis leaves London''s Royal Courts of Justice Picture: BRASS TACKS NEWS
In 1973, Mr Stephinson moved to the BBC to work on the current affairs programme Nationwide as producer for all its northern stories before moving to Manchester as a senior producer in a new features department at its flagship current affairs series Brass Tacks.